Education Project Manager

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INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.

Job Details
Employer: INTERSOS
Job Title: Education Project Manager
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

1. Terms of reference

  • Job title: Education Project Manager (Somali National)
  • Duty station: Baidoa
  • Starting date: 01/05/2019
  • Contract duration: 11 months
  • Reporting to: Country Programs Coordinator

2. Job description

A. General context of the project

General context of the project

INTERSOS is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Established in 1992 with support of the Italian Federation of Trade Unions, its actions are based on the values of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equal rights and opportunities for all people and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable and the unprotected.

INTERSOS in Somalia is working in Protection, Education, WaSH, Health, Nutrition and Durable Solutions Sectors.

The areas where INTERSOS has capacity to operate and is running projects are:

  • Banadir region in Mogadishu district;
  • Bay region in Baidoa, Diinsor, Qansahdere and Berdale district;
  • Bakol region in Wajid District
  • Middle Shabelle region in Jowhar and Balad.

This one-year project aims to achieve access to education for IDP children by targeting 2,185 out of school children (1,090 boys and 1,095 girls) living inside IDP settlements in Baidoa to ensure their access to school thus enhancing their safety and protection as well as the enjoyment of their rights. Out of the total 2,185 children, 2,060 are primary school age children while 125 are secondary school age children and/or children above 15 years.
This project will ensure that emergency and crisis affected children/youth have access to safe and protective learning environments in the partner schools. This will be done through a comprehensive action to respond to immediate and longer term needs of the children. The learners will be provided with access to food, water and scholastic material and children with protection concerns will be supported through strengthening/creating referral mechanisms where necessary, to specialized services. Girl education will be at the center of the project encompassing all activities and it will be promoted with trainings, advocacy campaigns and community mobilization in support of changing negative attitudes and practices. Adolescent school aged girls will also be provided with sanitary pads in support to improving their attendance rates in classrooms and CECs will be sensitized on the importance of girls’ education during the back to school campaigns. Personal hygiene and sanitation, school personnel and parents’ commitment to provide leadership in promoting girls’ education are proven to be two key factors in improving girls’ attendance rates as recommended by the beneficiaries during FGDs held by INTERSOS staff in the current SHF EiE project implemented din Wajid and Education Cannot Wait project implemented last year in Baidoa.

B. General purpose of the position, responsibilities and tasks

General purpose of the position

The Education Project Manager based in Baidoa is responsible for the management, implementation and supervision of the project “Enhancing access to a protective learning environment in Baidoa District”. The project is part of the Education Program funded by SHF under the 1st SHF Allocation 2019 and envisages a strong child protection component. The PM will be responsible to ensure the quality implementation of the project in line with Project Cycle management and ensure the management of the staff employed under the project. The successful candidate will also play an active role in the regional education cluster in Baidoa. He/she will be directly reporting to the Country Programs Coordinator. The Project Manager is expected to be able to work independently and to provide guidance in education program strategy.

Main responsibilities and tasks


  • Ensure timely implementation and reporting of project activities to the Country Programs Coordinator and to the donor.
  • Ensure close follow up of project expenditure and project procurement plan using the INTERSOS project appraisal tool (PAT)
  • Provide quality and timely monitoring and evaluation reports of the project.
  • Supervise and manage the staff employed under the project.
  • Be responsible for coordinating activities in Baidoa with other partners working in education and child protection.
  • Compile and write field level bi weekly and monthly progress reports
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator, liaise with the different stake holders and the authorities in the project implementation areas.
  • Take active role in the regional education cluster in Baidoa and act as a regional focal point of the national education cluster.
  • Support the implementation of other ongoing education and protection programs when needed, thus ensuring integration between projects in Baidoa.
  • Support the Country Programs Coordinator in strategic decision and programming for the education sector.

Administration – financial

  • Ensure proper Budget Administration for the projects managed and/or the Wash component
  • Ensure respect of INTERSOS administrative procedures
  • Support administration in budget development for new projects


  • Ensure timely and proper development of a Procurement Plan.
  • Ensure supervision, acquisition and hand over of Equipment and materials.
  • Manage and follow proper procurement procedures.

Human Resources

  • Regular staff evaluation conducted with the supervised staff to evaluate their performance
  • Training and capacity building conducted for supervised staff and other INTERSOS Staff
  • Staff management for the personnel under direct supervision

3. Position requirements


  • MSc Degree in International Relations, Social Sciences, Education.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with demonstrated experience in similar position will be considered.

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in relevant program management role in complex Education in Emergency/Protection projects preferably in Somalia.
  • Should demonstrate working experience in designing, planning, implementation and reporting on integrated development within education
  • Understanding of Project Cycle Management
  • Experience in writing proposals, project documentation, reporting, program information for donors
  • Good working experience in community participation, development and capacity building.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and international staff.

Professional requirements

  • Facilitation, negotiation, motivation, team building and management skills.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure and in volatile environments.
  • Supportive, versatile and flexible.
  • Team player, able to make quick decisions.
  • Able to prioritize effectively for execution with limited resources.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the main Donors Funding Education Programs in Somalia
  • Problem solver


  • Strong English writing skills are required
  • Fluency in Somali

Personal requirements

  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Commitment to assist vulnerable population and to promote protection and education for displaced people.
  • Objective driven
  • Transparent and accountable
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently

Application process:

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their applications through email to with subject line as “EDUCATION PROJECT MANAGER” by 12th April, 2019.

The application should be a cover letter and CV as one document and indicate the title of the position on the subject line this will ensure we capture your application in the right way.

Applications should include contact details of three professional referees. One referee must be the applicant’s Immediate supervisor.

INTERSOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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